The Noblesville Street Dept. announced Oct. 26 it is continuing efforts to keep streets clean in autumn.
The annual leaf pickup program will continue weekly until through Dec. 2.
There are two methods residents can use to dispose of leaves: 1) Bagging leaves in free, biodegradable bags, and 2) Raking loose leaves to the grass area next to the curb.
The bagged-leaf method is the quickest since bagged leaves are picked up citywide once a week on residents’ regularly scheduled trash day. There can be a waiting period of up to three weeks between loose-leaf pickups because street crews make a continuous circuit of the city with the leaf vacuums.
Bagged leaves will be picked up on the same day as residents’ regular trash day but not necessarily at the same time, since leaves are collected by the street department and not Republic Services. Residents should be sure leaves are only bagged in the free biodegradable bags provided by the city and are placed separately from trash containers. Residents can set out as many biodegradable bags as necessary, but each bag must weigh no more than 40 pounds. Bags are available, free of charge, to Noblesville residents at all fire stations, city hall at 16 S. 10th St., the street department at 1575 Pleasant St., the parks department at Forest Park and the Hamilton County Household Hazardous Waste Center, 1717 Pleasant St.
If residents choose to rake their loose leaves, they must be collected as close to the edge of the street as possible without placing leaves in the street. Loose leaves with brush, grass, litter and other debris will not be picked up, as this will damage equipment.
Neither loose leaves nor bagged leaves will be picked up in alleys. Pickups will only be in front of a resident’s house. After Dec. 2, if residents have bagged or loose leaves for pickup, they will need to contact the street department and provide their address. The street department will continue to pick up leaves after this date as weather permits.
Residents are strongly encouraged to bag their leaves after Dec. 2 because loose leaves run the risk of freezing, which then makes them unable to be picked up by the leaf machines.
For more, contact the street department at 317-776-6348.